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Oct 1, 2012 4:00am PDT
the president and mitt romney, hunkering down today to prep for the first debate. and a brand-new poll shows who most voters expect to win in november. >>> ticketer shock, looking for the most popular things we buy. why a diaper supply shortage. >>> and open book. he realized his housekeeper's son was his. >>> and collision course, with a skateboard and a deer that comes out of nowhere. >>> good morning, everybody. i'm john muller. rob nelson is off this morning. >> and i'm paula faris. we begin this monday, the 1st of october, can you believe it? with a new abc news poll it comes just as the presidential candidates come out. >> tahman bradley starts us off from washington. >> reporter: good morning. it's hard to believe that the first presidential debate is on wednesday. mitt romney and president obama have been preparing day and night. with both men saying the other guy is going to do a better job. president obama and mitt romney start the week with a crucial showdown on wednesday at the first presidential debate in denver. at a rally in las vegas, president obama tried to manag
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Oct 2, 2012 1:40am PDT
campaign trail as president obama and mitt romney hunkers down and prepares for wednesday's debate. a new abc news/"washington post" poll shows a very tight race. so both campaigns see tomorrow night as a big opportunity. this presidential campaign has been going on for nearly two years and finally it's debate season for the nominees. the time when americans seem to really start paying attention. president obama's rehearsing with senator john kerry and mitt romney is squaring off against senator rob portman. both candidates have challenges and checklists. president obama's working on shorter answers, trying to avoid sounding like the professor he was before the white house. democrats say he needs to look strong and forceful and not appear irritated or impatient. >> they're trying to get him into the mode of being able to answer questions, short, concisely, and to the point, and so it's much more like his mannerisms and his style and the way he comes across as opposed to information in this. >> reporter: and mitt romney? he has to seem relatable, especially after his 47% comment. how can h
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Sep 30, 2012 5:30pm PDT
ups the ante saying mitt romney will turn the race upside down in the debate. >> you're going to be shaking your head saying it's a brand-new race. >>> our political team with three things to watch for. >>> taking sides, the controversial case unfolding tonight, the mother of five shot and killed by a u.s. border agent, but what happened just beforehand? tonight two very different accounts. >>> lake invaders. what's happening to america's lakes? the living, breathing organism that can now be seen from space and the threat the families living nearby. tonight, our correspondent right in the middle of it with the new warning. >>> and sidelined. for the first time we're hearing from one of those replacement refs. the moment that had even the ref wanting to cry. what he's saying about it all. >>> good evening. it is great to have you with us here on a sunday night. there are just 37 days until the election, but tonight we are focused on a more urgent countdown. just three days until that crucial first debate between president obama and governor romney. the first chance for voters to see
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Sep 26, 2012 6:00am PDT
candidate mitt romney. several polls this morning show romney continuing to trail president obama in critical swing states new numbers come as both get ready for their upcoming debate. stay with the abc7 morning news in our next half hour we'll break down the new numbers. >>> we want a check of the weather. i do the street lamp test. >> what's the street lamp test? >> if i can see the moisture. >> you took years of meteorologist -- meteorologist rolling school. >> we need you mike. >> [ talking over each other ] >>> good morning. the clouds aren't as low, not as moisture laden as they were yesterday, still have flight arrival delays into sfo because the clouds are out there. santa rosa half mile visibility right now. clouds pull back to the coast where they will hang out with pockets of sun for you upper 50s to low 60s. 70s in the south bay, north bay, 80s mainly con betweened to the east bay valleys today. as far as around the monterey bay, low to upper 60s from monterey too santa cruz, 76 hollister possibly 82 around morgan hill. tomorrow, friday saturday, big warming trend comes i
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Sep 27, 2012 4:00am PDT
. perhaps the biggest punch was that new poll. romney trailing president obama by ten points in ohio. down by nine points in florida. we asked the governor about those numbers. i'm curious what you would say to your supporters, your donors, who might be concerned that this might be slipping away? >> i'm pleased with some polls. less with other polls. polls go up. polls go down. >> reporter: there's some that believe these polls are a reflection of that videotape last week. you were talking to donors, talking about the 47%. >> and so, my job, is not to worry about those people. i'll never convince them. >> reporter: i'm curious who you were exactly talking about there. >> as you look at the national polls, i'm tied about the national polls. >> reporter: how about the people you couldn't convince to take greater responsibility. those are heavy words. >> i'm talking about a political process. i'm not going to get 100%. i hope to get 50%-plus. and make sure i become the next president. >> reporter: in the wake of that video, romney up with a new ad. straight to camera. >> president obama and i
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Sep 27, 2012 1:40am PDT
go up. polls go down. >> reporter: florida is quickly becoming a must win scenario for romney. yesterday a new poll came out that showed the president with a nine-point lead there. if romney were to lose ohnd florida, winning the white house rob, paula. bac you >> thank you, karen. all about ohio and a. the latest gallup poll, the 50-sident up by six po but the news is not good in some critical states. florida, 53-44. obama up by 9. and in ohio up by 10. in pennsylvania up by 12. 54-42, what some analysts are saying, these are the first polls taken that kind of show the full effect of that secretly taped video of romney at that fund-raiser down in boak that raton. maybe this is hit from the videotape reflected in the numbers. >> 32 states allow early voting. thursday it begins. next week, october 2nd it be in ohio. but 25.7% in 2008 of the votes were all early votes. >> people take advantage of it. that's why some voter id stuff has gotten controversial. some governors are trying to limit early voting. but, so, getting interesting. 40 days to go. next wednesday of course the d
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Sep 25, 2012 7:00am PDT
. >> reporter: the romney campaign calls that a reckless disregard for the truth. but the president is giving, as well as he gets. sitting down with the first lady to talk to the ladies of "the view," about mitt romney's tax returns and whether it's fair that romney pays a lower tax rate than somebody paying $50,000 a year. >> he said, yes. i think it's fair, and i also think that's the way you get economic growth. i've just got a different vision about how we grow an economy. i think, barbara, you grow an economy from the middle-out, not from the top-down. >> reporter: the president will, of course, have an international focus today at the u.n. the president will say, quote, we must affirm that our feature will be determined by people like former ambassador chris stevens and not by his killers. george. >> jake, thank you very much. >>> i'm here with barbara walters for more on "the view" appearance by the president and first lady. airs later. >> at 11:00 today. >> and jake was talking about the killing of ambassador stevens in libya. you got into that with the president? >> we did. you know,
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Sep 30, 2012 8:00am PDT
will pay just as much under the romney administration -- the tax rate will go down. they'll lose deductions and other loopholes that they'll have them paying the same. that's what governor romney's plan is. so, what i would say, i love that ad. the president gets to say, a million new manufacturing jobs? how? $4 trillion reduction in the debt, really, mr. president? really. how? he hasn't endorsed his own plan. he hasn't come forward with a plan. it's a great ad. i have no doubt about that. it sounds really nice and looks nice. but there's nothing substantive there. >> i can imagine the comeback from president obama at that point, where are the details, that same question could be put to governor romney, you said hard truths in the convention, but governor romney hasn't laid out which deductions will go away for the wealthy. >> listen, the president of the united states has an obligation after four years of being president, to be the one who's the most specific. >> so the challenger doesn't have to? >> i didn't say that. he has the bigger obligation. that ad does nothing to add t
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Sep 30, 2012 5:00am PDT
-win area for romney. but his running mate focused on new hampshire. the granite state has just four electoral votes but ryan said it could be the difference in a race that will come down to a handful of states. >> thank you, granite staters, for sending mitt romney to the white house and barack obama back to chicago. >> the campaign shifts into a stink stage with the high stacks showdown 2003 president obama and romney. >> if you take a look at the history of the debates, it's not about policies or facts. every change that happens in a debate if you look at history, it changes because of somebody's mannerisms or style. they either did badly or well. >> both will spend the next few days in against prep sessions. trailing in the policy, romney may have the most on the line and his campaign is look at this debate as a chance for a game changer. abc news, washington. >>> is the debate showdown a make-or-break event for mitt romney? can president obama defend his record on the economy during his first term? that's the debate taking place this morning at 8:00 when republican new jersey go
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Sep 30, 2012 11:00pm PDT
you to keep on believing in me. >> both the president and mitt romney will hunker down over the next few days as they huddle with senior advisors to prepare for wednesday's high stakes showdown in november. aids to both campaigns have been bending over backwards to come compliment their opponent and downplay expectations. kris chris -- chris christie set a high bar for romney. >> this is the first time america can see these guys side by side laying out their visions unfiltered. it will be a powerful moment for mitt romney. >> they are preparing for mitt romney to come armed. >> they have been practicing the zingers for months. i'm sure they will have a bunch of lines. that's not what the american people are looking for. >> matt doud says at this point they are emphasizing style over substance. >> debates that have changed people's minds have been about physical characteristics and man riches, and not about the substance of the policy answers. >> they need challenges. it will avoid sounding like the professor he was before the white house. and romney must come across relatable an
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Sep 27, 2012 6:00am PDT
available. troops in combat operations and those with medical duties will not be standing down their training will come later. >>> president obama and mitt romney will be campaigning in the same state again today, virginia this time after a day in ohio. in the new two minute ad set to air today, president obama promotes an economic plan he says will create one million manufacturing jobs and cut oil imports he's leading in the polls in ohio. romney says he's not pleased but adds the race is far from over. >>> breaking business news. campbell soup will be closing two plans one in new jersey and one in sacramento. the company says the closures are being done to improve u.s. supply chain and cost structure. the sacramento plant has been open since 1947 and has 700 fulltime employees scheduled to close by july of 2013. >>> one week after going on sale, there's talk of problems with the camera on the iphone 5. >> jane king with that and big changes possibly coming to your health insurance plan. >>> good morning. this is going to be closely watched, companies adapt to health care reforms, d
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Oct 3, 2012 6:00am PDT
, come on seriously. great to be with you and everybody in the bay area. i know you are counting down as are we all the first debate president obama and mitt romney now hours away interest facing off. in the 11th hour yesterday president's campaign looking at something of a curve ball, new video surfacing of a speech then senator obama gave he praised his controversial pastor wright. our political team covering all the angles, including what both men need to do to be thought the winner. >> stunning trial out of georgia convicted stalker acting as his own attorney against murder charges. he failed in doing so, sentenced to life in prison. this morning his victims who faced him in court will speak for the first time we'll hear their message for him. also battle of celebrity neighbors to your south in l.a., going inside the showdown tweener rick da in e and lead -- singer of pumpkin head there is more to the story. also the ballroom is short one couple. joey, kim bidding final adoes joining us live to discuss it all, all next, right here. -- >> josh, thank you. >>> new this morning from syr
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Sep 28, 2012 7:00am PDT
trail right now. big debate only five days away. the president and mitt romney hunkering down to get ready. we're going to take you inside the debate camps. >> both sides, trying to lower expectations. >>> and the latest on a bizarre story out of florida. a high school teacher arrested in his classroom for putting a hit out on his fellow teacher. we're going to have the latest on that. >>> and you know google maps. you've heard of it. you can look at any street anywhere in america on your computer. but look at this. did google maps inadvertently capture a ufo on camera? >> oh, i hope so. >> we'll find out. >>> but first -- >> that's a cloud. >> thanks, sam. >> it looks like a cloud? >> it looks like a cloud to me. >> aw. >> boo. >> all right. >>> well, we have to move on, now, to a serious story. it's the very latest on the story out of minnesota. a deadly workplace shooting at a sign company. several people, including the gunman, were killed. others remain in critical condition at this hour. abc's alex perez is in minneapolis right now with the very latest on this. alex? >> reporter
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Sep 30, 2012 7:00am PDT
there's much more pressure, as david said, on mitt romney. he's got to force an error out of president obama. he wants to dominate the coverage coming down to the debate so he can get some momentum. that will mean, on the one hand, be tough and put the pressure on president obama, but at the same time he can't afford to appear mean or, as david said, aloof, so he's going to have a tough balancing act on wednesday night. >> how much pressure is he under right now, mitt romney? >> huge. he is behind right now. he is behind nationally. he is behind in all the battleground states. this is the last big audience that mitt romney is going to have with about 4 1/2 weeks left to go, but, remember, by the time we get to the third debate in late october in the battleground states, you could have had already because of this early voting a third of the voters with votes already in the can. >> and so far the polls at least indicate that mitt romney hasn't been able to capitalize on the economy right now. do you think he can do that with regards to foreign policy? it seems to be a surprising week jus
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Sep 27, 2012 4:30am PDT
in today's stand down. >>> to the race for the white house. president obama and mitt romney will be campaigning in the same state again today, virginia this time after a day in ohio. in a new two minute ad set to air today, president obama promote as economic plan he says will create one million manufacturing jobs and cut oil imports. he's leading in the polls in ohio where he once again linked romney to his comments that 47% of americans are victims who depend on government >> the president: as i travel around ohio and look out on this crowd, i don't see a lot of victims, i see hard workers, that's what i see. >> romney is trailing in florida and iowa. was asked about the numbers. i'm pleased with some, less with others, frankly, at this stage polls go up, polls go down, that's what he said. he's trying to retool his message as some can cast early ballots today. >>> america's cup world series back in town next week. yesterday afternoon the team's practice officials say the interest outside the u.s. is building and an audience in san francisco is jut a matter of getting people to wa
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Oct 1, 2012 5:30pm PDT
. a make or break week for president obama and governor romney. hunkering down, cramming for the big debate. what are their secrets to land the knockout punch? >>> peanut butter. a massive recall expanding tonight. we'll tell you which symptoms could spell trouble for you and your family. >>> and, oscar stunner. the new host for the academy awards. not a movie star. why fans of the "family guy" are having the last laugh tonight. >> victory is mine! >>> good evening from "world news." and we begin with breaking news. an american airlines plane has been forced to land under strange circumstances. a whole row of seats shaken loose,passengers upended. and this is the second time seats have come loose and forced a landing in three days. so, what is going on? for the latest on what happened today, let's go right to abc's senior national correspondent, jim avila. >> 685, what can i do for you? >> roger. got an unusual one for you. >> reporter: no one can remember this happening before. not passengers, so rattled they didn't want to be identified. >> the seats flipped backwards and, so, peop
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Sep 30, 2012 2:00am PDT
cool things down. the fog returns wednesday, thursday and friday. so a brief or mini heat wave the next few days. >> thanks, leigh. >>> the first debate between president obama and the republican challenger mitt romney is just four days from now. karen travers reports what they are both doing for the showdown. >> they were out of the public eye as they get ready for their first debate this wednesday. there will be campaign duties to their running mate. biden stumped in florida for a second consecutive day. he slammed the bush administration for the budget deficit. >> they had doubled the national debt in eight years. >> with his path to the white house shrinking, florida you is looking like a must win scenario for romney. but today paul ryan focused on new hampshire. the granite state has four electoral votes, but ryan said that could be the difference in a race that will come down to a handful of states. >> thank you, granite staters, for sending mitt romney to the white house and barack obama back to chicago. >> the campaign shifts to a different stage with wednesday night's high
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Sep 29, 2012 11:00pm PDT
that will come down to a handful of states. >> thank you, granite staters, for sending mitt romney to the white house and barack obama back to chicago. >> the campaign shifts to a different stage with wednesday night's high stakes showdown between president obama and romney. >> if you take a look at the history of debates, it is not about policy specifics. it is not really about facts. every change that happened in -- because somebody's style did badly or did well. >> both candidates will spend the next few days in intense prep sessions. trailing in the polls, romney may have the most on the line. his campaign is looking at this debate as a chance for a game changer. karen travers, abc news, washington. >>> the city and county of san francisco are looking for poll workers for the upcoming election. applicants must be u.s. citizens, at least 18 years of age and registered to vote in california. all positions are one day assignments and pay between $125 and $170. for more information on how to apply, just go to abc7news.com and click on see it on tv. >>> critical mass events are continu
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Sep 29, 2012 4:00am PDT
didn't pay attention in the prep sessions, didn't get ready, didn't get it down, these prep sessions are key for mitt romney. >> matthew dowd, incredibly important for us to have your perspective this morning. we appreciate it. >> thank you. >>> tune in tomorrow morning to "this week" with george stephanopoulos. chris christie will be his guest. >>> now, to politics and betrayal. we're hearing more from arnold schwarzenegger speaking publicly about the love child that ended his marriage. and now, we're learning more about extramarital affairs. other extramarital affairs. and abc's reena ninan is on the story this morning. good morning to you. >> reporter: his family is questioning why he would make these revelations now about some of the darkest times in their past. >> so, you lied to her? >> you can say that. >> she gave up a television career for you. i mean, wow. >> reporter: new questions for the former california governor. and new, painful answers. >> i think it was the stupidest thing i've done in the whole relationship. it was terrible. >> reporter: in his latest revelation from "
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Sep 25, 2012 1:40am PDT
middle out, not from the top down. >> today president obama and mitt romney will speak at a clinton global initiative in new york, then it's back to the campaign trail for both candidates. sunny, john, back to you. >> i thought it was fascinating about the interview was that the ladies suggested michelle obama would be a great public officer. i agree. >> she said, you know, i don't have the patience for something look that. >> she certainly knows herself. >> she certainly knows herself. her husband knows her as well. he pointed that out. >> she was not offended in the least. she said "yep, i don't have the patience." you never know, never say never, right. >> that's true. and he says he certainly intends to stay in the white house for the next four years, but he would like to work with children after his presidency. i thought that was fascinating. >> after all the high pressure situation he's faced. good for him. wouldn't that be a nice change of pace. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton in new york for the u.n. general assembly speaking about the anti-american uprisings in the m
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Sep 26, 2012 7:00am PDT
: great to see you. and the new poll numbers you speak of have daunting numbers for mitt romney. down, trailing the president by ten points in ohio. nine points behind the president in florida. both states he desperately needs. that's why romney is here in ohio today. but so is the president. dueling rallies in the buckeye battleground. ♪ the boys are back in town >> reporter: together on the trail for the first time in more than a month, mitt romney and paul ryan looking to halt the president's lead in ohio. no republican has won the white house without it. >> o-h! >> all: i-o! >> reporter: in front of that ohio crowd, what appeared to be a sudden shift from romney, in one of his key arguments. after repeatedly saying president obama raised taxes during his first term -- >> the president has now raised taxes on the middle class. he's raised taxes on middle-income americans. >> reporter: suddenly, romney was saying the president hasn't raised taxes. >> he has one new idea. i admit this. he has one thing he did not do in his first four years that he's said he's going to do in the next four yea
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Oct 2, 2012 5:30pm PDT
excited about that. we're focused. >> reporter: family members' nerves are on edge, as josh romney confided to diane in august. >> i hate the debates. trying to sit there and be cool and keep a smile on your face. inside you want to fall down. >> reporter: four years ago, michelle obama would get so nervous during the debates she didn't like to watch them. she'll be there tomorrow in the debate hall. we turn to david muir who is there. david? >> reporter: hey, jake. i'll see you right here in the debate hall tomorrow night. tonight, here are some key decisions made moments ago. a coin toss between the campaigns determining that president obama will be introduced first and will have the first question. governor romney will get the final argument. there was even a toss about which of the wives will be introduced first. ann romney will be introduced first. i want to show the debate stage. both podiums. both candidates will stand with one another. that's why the romney team is concentrating on the answers and the body language. where was he earlier today? take a look at the pictures th
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Sep 27, 2012 5:00am PDT
with some, less so with others polls go up and down. >> romney trying to retool his message as some voters begin casting early ballots today. >>> america's cup world series is back in town next week. u.s. yacht racing might have the largest ever in person audience. the teams practiced in the bay yesterday officials say the interest outside the u.s. is building and audience here in san francisco it is a matter of getting peep to watch. >> we have to captivate their emergency nation and -- we probably get one shot if they see it and like it they will come back. if they don't like it, they won't. >> big crowds will be along the water front next week also fleet week so very busy week ahead. >> what do you think the bay is going to be like for racing? >> cooler, probably a little breezer, hot trend now through the -- where it will be much calmer interesting to see how the boats handle it. something fun to watch, everything out on the bay is going to be a little different next week. good morning. fog settling the bay we can't see the bay bridge, treasure island hard to see from our roof c
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Oct 1, 2012 3:00am PDT
president and mitt romney will hunker down over the next few days as they huddle with senior advisers to prepare for wednesday's high-stakes showdown in denver. in recent days aides to both campaigns have been bending over backwards to compliment their opponent and downplay expectations for their side. new jersey governor chris christie set a high bar for romney. >> this is the first moment when the american people are going to be able to see these two guys side by side, laying out their vision unfiltered. and i think that's going to be a powerful moment for mitt romney. >> reporter: and an adviser for romney says they're preparing for romney to come armed. >> they've been practicing zingers for months. >> reporter: abc news political analyst matt dowd says at this point, romney and obama advisers are style over substance. >> the debates that have changed people's minds have all been about physical characteristics and mannerisms really in the modern age and not substance or policy issues. >> reporter: both have challenges. the president needs to keep his answers short to avoi
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Oct 2, 2012 4:00pm PDT
romney hopes a she down will help them close the gap. >> i want you to find a person who voted for barack obama and convince them to come join our team. >> and there is a running mate that kicked a campaign trail. >> there this country is neither dependent nor in decline. >> this problem is that he expect fix problem autos expect the same themes and attacks to be front and center tomorrow night. >> you can see the first debate. abc news with live coverage beginning tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. >> if you saw the episode of katie couric, you saw middle schoolers caught on video attacking another student. the 12-year-old didn't find out about at tack. she found out after others saw the video vie been the big advocate. if your child sk bullied let the school know. immediately. >> but two brothers shown throwing punches here were both suspended from school. >> and there is a supervisor introduced legislation restricting public nudity law. and it provides exemptions for beaches and other special events. >> and just ahead a cow being hailed as first of its kind. scientists step in toy a cow whos
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Oct 1, 2012 2:00am PDT
. >> both the president and mitt romney will hunker down over the next few days as they huddle with senior advisors to prepare for wednesday's high stakes showdown in november. aids to both campaigns have been bending over backwards to come compliment their opponent and downplay expectations. kris chris -- chris christie set a high bar for romney. >> this is the first time america can see these guys side by side laying out their visions unfiltered. it will be a powerful moment for mitt romney. >> they are preparing for mitt romney to come armed. >> they have been practicing the zingers for months. i'm sure they will have a bunch of lines. that's not what the american people are looking for. >> matt doud says at this point they are emphasizing style over substance. >> debates that have changed people's minds have been about physical characteristics and man riches, and not about the substance of the policy answers. >> they need challenges. it will avoid sounding like the professor he was before the white house. and romney must come across relatable and really connect with voters. abc
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Oct 3, 2012 12:00am PDT
taking this ad lying down, they released this starring a romney employee. >> i've been a butler in the house of romney since before master romney was born and we, his faithful servants are like the invisible people. and that's just as it should be. he doesn't realize the services i provide, but if he did, i wouldn't be a very good butler, would think? much like the gears in lord romney's finest swiss watch my purpose is to remain hidden, moving hither and thither with the utmost discretion, making sure all his affairs run smoothly. just last week, as i was wiping him, sweet mitt mistook me for an ottoman. my best work yet. good show. jolley good show. >> paid for by manserve and th s -- manservants for mitt. >> we have michael charles roman, he's with us. we have music from psy, the gangnam style guy and we'll be right back with ty burrell from "modern family." so stick around. the applebee's 2 for $20 is one appetizer, two entrees for just 20 bucks. only the best dishes make the menu. it's a southwest showdown. the chefs are coming out choppin'! you can taste the tension in the room!
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Sep 26, 2012 5:30pm PDT
poll. romney trailing president obama by 10 points in ohio. down by 9 points in florida. just before we came on the air we asked the governor about those numbers. >> curious about what your would say to some of your supporter, your donors who might be concerned that this could be slipping away? >> i'm pleased with some polls. polls go up and some go down. >> there's some that believe this is a reflection of that videotape last week. you were talking to donors, talking about the 47%. >> my job is not to worry about those people. >> you said my job is not to worry about those people. i'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility. i'm curious who exactly you're talking about there? >> i think if you look at the national polls you see i'm tied in the national polls. >> reporter: you said people you couldn't convince to take greater responsibility. those are heavy words. >> it's a political process. i don't expect to get 100% of the vote. i hope to get 50-plus percent and make sure i become the next president. >> reporter: in the wake of that video romney out with a ne
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Oct 1, 2012 4:30am PDT
already on who is going to have the best zingers. governor nor romney is a good debater. >> reporter: as they hunker down for practice poll show americans overwhelmingly think the debate and election are the president's to lose entitle a new poll this morning, 63% of registered voters expect president obama to win. his biggest lead so far when it comes to expectations. actual support the race is closer president obama leads mitt romney by just two points, 49-47%. that's why the debates could be the pivotal turning point the romney campaign is hoping for. governor christie predicted romney could close the gap with president obama after a strong showing. >> i have confidence when we get to thursday morning you are going to be saying it is a new race. >> reporter: president obama is holding debate prep in nevada, working on keeping his answers short and concise. >> the president has to be president. he killed osama bin laden i think he can stand up to mitt romney. >> reporter: mitt romney keeps hammering the president's foreign policy calling for a new strategy in the mideast saying the oba
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Sep 25, 2012 6:00pm PDT
be relentless in tracking down killers and bringing them to justice. >> mitt romney hammer the president as what he characterized as the president's response. >> he said the development are bumps in the road. that is my reaction. bumps in the road? we had an ambassador assassinated. >> and we must reaffirm our future will be determined by people like chris stevens and not his killers. >> and then, added this lesson intolerance. >> and we do not ban blaspheme. i expect people gorg call me awful things every day? >> and i will defend their right to do so. >> this g.o.p. challenger did not repeat his criticism over the bumps in the road and instead, insin yu yaited the president has not done enough. >> our ambassador was assassinated in a terrorist attack. and we saw how it work at the mercy of events. and at usf, this expert says the television coverage of the riots in the middle east make unrest appear larger than it is. this is relatively tall smaul. >> compared to hundreds of thousands and there is reason for optimism. >> thank you. >> and there is supervisors approving plans
ABC
Sep 30, 2012 6:00am PDT
that will come down to a handful of states. >> thank you, granite staters, for sending mitt romney to the white house and barack obama back to chicago. >> the campaign shifts into a different stage with the high stakes showdown for president obama and romney. >> if you take a look at the history of the debates, it's not about policies or facts. every change that happens in a debate if you look at history, it changes because of somebody's mannerisms or style. they either did badly or well. >> both will spend the next few days in intense prep sessions. trailing in the polls, romney may have the most on the line and his campaign is look at this debate as a chance for a game changer. abc news, washington. >>> is the debate showdown a make-or-break event for mitt romney? can president obama defend his record on the economy during his first term? that's the debate taking place this morning at 8:00 when republican new jersey governor chris christie faces off with white house senior advisor david pluff. don't miss "this week" coming up with stephanopoulos. >> critical mass events are conti
ABC
Sep 27, 2012 7:00am PDT
early stage, polls go up and polls go down. >> reporter: some republicans fear this poll is reflecting how voters are reacting when romney described 47% of americans who he says see themselves as victims. >> and so, my job is not to worry about those people. >> reporter: looking to halt the damage, the romney campaign also out with a new ad. >> president obama and i both care about poor and middle-class families. the difference is, my policies will make things better for them. >> reporter: as romney goes on defense, we asked him about the criticism from fellow republicans about his campaign. about those critics within your own party? will there be changes at the top? are you doing anything wrong? >> there are critics and there are cheerleaders. we have people of all different persuasion. and frankly -- >> so, no changes? >> every day, there's improvements and messages that come out. >> reporter: but romney's moment to redefine the conversation less than a week away. pressure for romney to perform on that debate stage against the president. you've been practicing. any nerves?
ABC
Sep 28, 2012 1:40am PDT
president has the edge in the k rgn is ahead by four points. romney told abc's david muir, he is not deterred by the numbers. >> well i am very pleased with some polls, less so with other polls. frankly, at this early stage, polls go up, polls go down. >> reporter: it is not really early. in fact, voting is already under way. voters in iowa started heading to the polls. next tuesday voters in ohio can do the same. that's why the president's latest ad where he's speaking directly to the camera for two minutes looks like a closing argument. >> there will be debates. speeches, and more ads. but if i could sit down with you in your living room or around the kitchen table, here's what i'd say. >> reporter: for many americans now is the time when they lock down their vote. with presidential debates beginning next week, the candidates are really running out of time to keep making their case. john, sunny, back to you. >> karen, thank you. >>> to a developing story out of minneapolis. we're getting new information on a deadly workplace shooting. the gunman opened fire at a company that makes
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